Powerpack team have led lots of church weekends, often for the 4-11 year old range. This can be as few as 10 children or as many as 100. We like to shape a programme that matches the adults/youth theme so families can share similar teaching at the right level for them.
A typical weekend involves 4 to 5 sessions of about 2 hours in length and can involve an all-age section or some workshops for all-ages. We are able to offer a games/fun session on one afternoon if required. For some churches we are able to bring a team to run crèches (6 months to 4) that allow moments of encounter with God, alongside songs, stories and loads of free-play fun!
Our teams are all experienced children’s workers, with all the necessary paperwork, current DBS, First Aid and safeguarding training.
Church Weekend Information
I try to shape programmes around God encounters, worship and ministry, whilst packing in lots of fun, games, puppets and drama. For church weekends I love to make it the best experience I can for the children. I aim to plan the teaching in line with whatever the adult speaker/sessions are on so that families can connect during afternoons and evenings. My team are all experienced children’s workers, with all the necessary paperwork, DBS, First Aid and safeguarding training.
Nick Jackson (Powerpack Ministries)
Typical Weekend Timetable
Friday – games and get to know you session. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday am – 2 sessions (9.30-12.30)
Saturday afternoon – optional games/workshops
Saturday pm – 1 evening session 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Sunday am – 2 sessions (9.30-12.30)
An all-age session is possible too.
Thanks you so much to you and the team for giving yourselves to our children at WHBC. Thank you for training ‘today’s church , leaders of their generation!
Who usually leads Church Weekends?
Nick works with Powerpack as the leader of children’s ministry predominantly in the UK. Nick is married to Kath and has two children: Josie & Ella. Nick is a qualified teacher and until recently worked as a Deputy headteacher in a Primary school.
Nick’s been involved with Powerpack for over 20 years leading large scale events like Spring Harvest, RIVER Camp & New Wine Jersey (Faith Camp and Grapevine before that) with between 100 and 400 children aged between 4 and 11.
With a team from his church, he runs an annual holiday club and weekly after-school club in Oxford.
Resources Management & Trustee
Emma is a dietician and in her spare time and works for Powerpack. She’s known as ‘utility belt girl’ as she seems to always have the tools for the job, and has usually done the job before anyone has asked! She lives in Guildford and works as a children’s leader in her local church, Millmead Baptist. Emma often choreographs the actions and movements to songs and runs lots of the activities at events.
Whilst being Powerpack’s founder & leader for CONNECT, Linds also loves to lead church weekends. She has many years of experience as a Children’s Pastor in Banbury. Whilst teaching part-time she is a consultant for churches developing children’s programmes and running events.
What does it cost?
Let’s take Nick as an example…
Nick is a full-time children’s worker and a weekend booking takes the three-days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) plus at least two days of planning, co-ordinating team members and managing equipment before and after the weekend. Most churches give between £300 to £750 for this as an honourium. In addition to this there is usually some travel costs and depending on the venue, accommodation costs. For most church weekends Nick’s team will arrive in two vehicles from two different parts of England, one of which is Oxford therefore travel costs can be between £70 and £300 depending on the journey.
A similar scenario exists for Heather, Chris & Emma, who live in the Guildford area.
2 Costing Examples
Church Weekend In Bristol
34 children 5 leaders
Nick’s honorarium and team gifts £600
Travel 2 cars (Oxford & Winchester) £150
TOTAL £750 (approx. £16 per child)
Extra costs include covering accommodation & meals in Conference centre.
Church Weekend In Edinburgh
75 children 4 leaders (plus 4 church members for each session)
Nick’s honorarium and team gifts £500
Travel 2 cars (Oxford & Durham) £200
TOTAL £750 (approx. £10 per child)
Extra costs include covering accommodation & meals in people’s homes
I have often tried to give churches a rough guide to costs (above and left). In addition to bookings I am supported by gifts from supporters and have income from my own church Headington Baptist Oxford for a part-time role there. So the numbers on this page are indicators but please don’t feel constrained by them. I really do mean it. God has provided for me and my family in so many ways so that I can support children in churches in our nation.
Thinking you can’t afford it?
We never want costs to be prohibitive so please contact us to talk about it.
Thanks so much to both of you for all your hard work! We have loved having you both here in Jersey. The feedback has been so positive and the team really loved it also.